The African spoonbill (Platalea alba) is widespread across Africa and Madagascar and occurs in marshy wetlands with some open shallow water, nesting in colonies in trees or reedbeds. Around 3ft tall, its body is predominantly white, except for red legs, face and bill. The African Spoonbill is usually a shy and alert bird. It is usually found singly, but can also be encountered in pairs or in groups. It is usually silent, except for an occasional grunt when alarmed.